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Purdue Memorial Union

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1924-

Historical Information

The original concept for a student union was stated by George O. Hays and the Class of 1912. The proposal asked for a building to serve as an activity center for Purdue students, alumni, and faculty. The Class of 1912 voted for a $5 assessment from each senior to start a fund to erect a home for students, alumni, and faculty activities. Succeeding classes followed the same procedure until the United States entered World War I in 1917. Student, alumni, and campus priorities were re-focused upon the war effort. At the close of the war 4,013 men and women had served their country. Among them were 67 gold stars recipients. The university community decided the Union should stand as a permanent memorial to those who had died. The first phase of construction of the Purdue Memorial Union commenced in 1922; the building opened in 1924. The Memorial Union has underwent subsequent additions and renovations during its existence, yet it has always been a place of remembrance and community for the university.

Citation

Purdue Memorial Union. Purdue University Facilties and Buildings Historic Database. Accessed March 7, 2019. http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/campus/buildings/235

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Frank "Pappy" Fox collection

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 2, Placement: 13
Identifier: MSP 231
Abstract Annual appointment memorandums, personnel information, brochures, articles, photographs (copies), and obituary related to Fox and his employment in the Purdue Memorial Union, with a focus on the "Sweet Shop."

Robert Lee Matthews collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 167
Scope and Contents The Robert Lee Matthews collection documents Matthews' time as a student at Coyne Trade and Engineer School and at Purdue and his alumni relations with Purdue. The collection includes personal records and artifacts, correspondence, and photographs.

Purdue Memorial Union records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 111
Scope and Contents The Purdue Memorial Union records contain information regarding the construction of the building, its uses, and promotional materials throughout its existence, including the student petition to raise funds and encourage the Board of Trustees to finish the building when construction was delayed due to World War I. Several pamphlets contain floor plans of the Union and show how the building has changed over the years with new additions.

Purdue University Executive Vice President and Treasurer records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 37
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Treasurer’s Office records (1921-2000; 10.5 cubic feet) documents the administrations of Executive Vice President and Treasurers, including Frederick Ford (1974-1998), Kenneth P. Burns (1998-2004), and Morgan Olsen (2004-200 ). Other Vice Presidents documented include Howard S. Lyon, John Hicks, Lytle J. Freehafer, and John C. Smalley.  The Records further document campus demonstrations of the late 1960’s to early...